I guess it’s true what they say about Milford: Once you enter the city limits, you get handed a chunky bracelet or four. Holly Dobbs wastes no time in putting the smarm on Marty, who has probably only received come-hither looks from the St. Pauli Girl over the last four decades. Coffee with salad? Guess Marty wants to be sober for Holly’s come-on, real or perceived.
Back to the gridiron and a reminder why the on-field action will take a back seat to the off-field action this fall. Kaz’s talking chin sums up the season in a nutshell, telling us why the Mudlarks will be lucky to make the playdowns, much less make a run at another state title. All those summer camps taught True passing and eating techniques; did they teach him how to take a sack and protect the ball? If not, the increased picks and constant injuries will make Miami of Ohio look as distant as the NFL to him.
In 1967, Holly Dobbs was played by Sally Field.
In 2015, Holly Dobbs is playing Tony Danza.
Mimi was conspicuously absent all summer. What says we’ll see a lot of her this fall?
September 8, 2015
It sure would be useful to find out who Bob Roth is. Actually, I just did and it wasn’t that useful. Regardless, after the deadly dull summer plot, I still have hopes that this fall’s plot, with Marty’s drinking and the return (?) of Holly Dobbs, delivers the goods. We’ve already got amateur sleuth Coach Kaz investigating with his sunglasses perched on his head (or do we? what happened between panels two and three?) so I just hope all of this buildup takes us someplace both great and surreal.
Just time for a quick update on a relaxing Labor Day.
Practice continues as Gil and Kaz reminisce about pads. Could anybody be nostalgic about the pads themselves? They seem bulky, heavy, hot and uncomfortable and, given high school budgets, they are probably stored away in musty sheds all spring and summer with blocking sleds and smell like hell. But what do I know of the romance of jock culture?
Workers have been in Bob Roth’s room all week, but only Kaz has noticed as Gil has still been laying low and taking lots of “lemonade breaks”. Who is Bob Roth? What’s up with his room? Don’t we already have a hanging subplot to develop?
We’re well into Week 2 of True questioning everything about the college football recruiting process to anyone who will listen. Is it some kind of Jedi Mind Trick® designed to put Rodney Curtis & co. off their game, thereby raising True’s stock in the process? Or is it part of an ongoing, fourth wall-breaking Take That to the college sports machine from Neal? (Maybe we should be calling him Mary True.) Rubin certainly knows how to use the Rule of Three in his dialogue.
Well at least we were spared a scene at the Milford CC until July 30. Glad to see proper decorum is being maintained, with Gil and Kaz required to wear long pants on the course. Spares us from having to see Gil’s ankles and feet again.
edit: A non-TWIM commenter saw my reference to “sports machine” earlier and wondered why I didn’t name check George Michael. A short forehead slap later, I offer this bit of nostalgia.
Well here’s Marty in the basement again – this time over by the HVAC vent – and he’s had the sudden realization that the first day of summer is only three days away so he’d better start making Milford lose. He rolls 11s or 66s for Stebbins and Brown but too bad, Milford is a Fielding Three so there goes this game.
– Is the basepath between first and second only six feet away from the mound or is the Tilden baserunner twelve feet tall?
– Why does every Milford sports team (and every baseball team in the Valley) wear jerseys with those weird flat-at-the-bottom collars? Who makes those anyway? I’m sure I’ve asked that before but don’t remember the answer (or have time to search for it this morning). Similarly, why does every team have the same thick single stripe uniform trim? Whigham can draw the mesh in a crotch-high chain-link fence, but he can’t draw pinstripes?
– The sports action this spring has taken a back seat to Boo Loves True, so is it possible Gil Thorp is shifting away from well-defined sports season arcs? Summer 7-on-7 morphed into fall football last year, maybe the sports are now providing the backdrop for character development (such as it is)? Talk amongst yourselves; I’m running late for work. Maybe I’ll update this post later today.
EDIT: Still trying to figure out who makes the square collared jerseys. For basketball, it’s Under Armour. For football, adidas did for a while; here’s their TECHFIT jersey circa 2010-11 for Nebraska, Tennessee, UCLA, and Michigan. They also made them for Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Cincinnati and Louisville per this article.
Still not sure about baseball. Am I onto something?
Back to the field after having way too much coffee and its .. Wade Mason? Was he in the rotation at the beginning of spring? I dont remember him at all, we’ve been to busy with the True/Boo friendship to notice stuff like baseball or games or anything of that sort. Anyway he’s an ace in the mold of Marty DeJong (2001-2) and also throws portside, so leftys have a devil of a time with him, as we see in P2 even though its nothing but shadows. P3 has another wierd conversation, as a Milf player thought a pitch sounded outside. Well, if you can hear an outside pitch, more power to you, cuz I sure cant.